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Nissan launch world’s fastest electric car

June 28, 2013
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers


UK car manufacturer Nissan has launched an electric car that can reach 185mph, making it the fastest eco-friendly vehicle in the world.

The Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car (ZEOD RC) is twice as fast as other electric cars currently on the market.

Nissan green project is fitted with modified versions of the electric technology used in their previous LEAF model.

The unique and innovative ZEOD RC will make its race debut at 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour event in France, competing under the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s “Garage 56” entry — an additional spot on the grid for vehicles that showcase new and innovative technology.

There are plans to continue experimenting with several types of engine and electric technologies with the ZEOD RC in an attempt to improve its performance ahead of the race.

“The tech developed through the program will form part of future innovations for road cars,” said Ben Bowlby, Nissan’s Director of Motorsport Innovation who headed the ZEOD RC design team.

If the technology proves successful we will likely see future electric vehicles car the same specs.

Tailgaters and middle-lane drivers targeted by new fines

June 24, 2013
Posted in Car news,DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers

New fines for anti-social and careless driving habits are to be introduced in July.

Tailgaters, middle-lane hoggers and mobile phone users will be targeted by the new on-the-spot penalties.

Currently, guilty drivers are issued with a court summons after being stopped by the police. Fines reduce bureaucracy, making it easier for police to crackdown on careless driving.

“Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people’s lives at risk,” said Transport Minister Stephen Hammond.

“That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice.”

On top of the fine, motorists will be given the option to complete a training course to avoid driving license points.

Drivers will be given 28 days to pay the fine.

Drivers may refuse to pay the fine if they feel they have been wrongly accused, though must defend themselves in court.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, feels that the new legislation has flaws.

“What we don’t want is for the line between careless driving, which attracts these fixed penalties, and dangerous driving to become blurred.

“For example, there could be an instance of dangerous driving which would, if pursued, involve a court case.

“But instead it’s downgraded to careless driving and a fixed penalty notice is issued because that’s easier from a procedural point of view.”

Edmund King, President of the AA, however supports the changes.

“We are please that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police,” said King.

“We believe that an increase in the standard motoring fixed penalty fine will help deter those who commit motoring offences.”


DVLA Local Office Closures – Where? When? Why?

June 22, 2013
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

It has been announced that all 39 DVLA Local Offices will close their doors by the end of the year. The decision was made as a result of a public consultation in July 2012, which found a ‘digital switchover’ of sorts preferable to the current system. Further reviews have determined that transactions and services will be migrated to alternative platforms. DVLA have already begun making the necessary alterations to their model, hopefully ensuring a smooth change over.

The closures are scheduled to be gradual and done in three stages in October, November and December. Please see below for your own local office:

Date for closure Offices
25 October 2013 Aberdeen
22 November 2013 Bangor
13 December 2013 Birmingham

DVLA are currently bringing into effect the following changes, due to be full implemented before closures are complete:

  • Extending the existing service for taxing vehicles at Post Office(R) branches to include taxing Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and requesting duplicate tax discs.
  • Enhancing the existing Automated First Registration and Licensing scheme to enable tax discs to be distributed from DVLA Swansea direct to customers, dealers and fleet operators.
  • Changes to law that allow newly registered vehicles to be used/driven on the road for up to 14 calendar days from the date of registration without the need to display the tax disc. This mitigates concerns raised by customers around delays in receiving documentation through the post.
  • Centralised the work of 10 area enforcement centres and processes around applying for trade licences at DVLA Swansea.
  • Introduction of centralised postal applications directed to DVLA Swansea including personalised registrations (from 1 July) and first registration applications using V55 forms (from 22 July).
  • Redirecting customer mail to DVLA Swansea for processing, communicating these changes via local office and motor industry representatives.

Number plate abuser jailed

June 3, 2013
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by Nationla Numbers

A 58-year old, who harassed a neighbour with abusive number plates, has received a 1-year prison sentence.

Barrie Barker, a grandfather from Barnsley, parked car with registrations reading ‘R5 OUL’ and ‘GRA 55R’ in front of the house of a feuding neighbour.

The deed landed Barker an ASBO. Further violations lead to a 4-month sentence, and now a year-old one.

Neighbour Barry Roddis, 72, had been left ill by the nine years of abuse from Barker.

The dispute started when residents of the usually peaceful cul-de-sac in Lundwood, Barnsley, nominated Roddis to confront Barker for fixing up cars in the driveway.

‘He was at it all the time; we couldn’t go out in the street. I have had to have psychiatric treatment. I was suicidal, it was that bad,’ said Barry Roddis. ‘We couldn’t even take our dog for a walk.’

The court heard that Mr Roddis had suffered a nervous breakdown due to the abuse, forcing him to step down from his position of magistrate.

Roddis and his wife, Phyllis, 71, even installed CCTV cameras to help gather evidence on Barker.

Most recently, Barker had stalked the Roddis’, smashed their garden fence, blocked their driveway, and yelled verbal abuse at them.

‘I’m not surprised he has been sent to jail,’ Roddis continued. ‘The police told us to report everything so we did. Anyone else who is suffering this kind of behaviour should report everything, don’t just give up.

‘I’ve noticed a difference since he was jailed, it’s been a lot quieter.’

Members of Barker’s family refused to stand in court and his solicitor was unable to comment.